Mulayam contradicts Akhilesh on grand-alliance, says SP capable enough of fighting alone

Despite stitching up an alliance with the Congress, the Samajwadi Party was able to win only 47 seats in the UP assembly polls.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 16, 2017 6:44 pm
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A day after Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav hinted that he was ready for a ‘maha gathbandhan’ (grand alliance) before the 2019 General Election, SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday contradicted his son’s statement saying that the socialist party was capable enough to take on the ruling BJP all by itself. “Samajwadi saksham hain akele,” Mulayam was quoted as saying by ANI while responding to a query on the party’s prospects of forming an alliance with BSP and Congress.

Reflecting on the SP’s drubbing in the recently-held assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Mulayam chose to blame the media for his party’s dismal performance and said the people of UP were “befooled” by the saffron party. “Despite rendering a good performance (by the Akhilesh Yadav government), the voters inflicted a defeat to the SP. The people were befooled by call of Chal Modi – Chal Modi, and they went with the BJP,” he said while speaking to reporters in Etawah.

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“The media only gave prominence to the family feud of the Samajwadi Party family. If the media had shown anarchy during the SP rule, it must highlight the same during regime of other parties as well,” Yadav added. Despite stitching up an alliance with the Congress, the Samajwadi Party was able to win only 47 seats in the assembly polls.

Reacting to Mulayam’s statement, state BJP said that he was “putting a question mark on the wisdom of the people of the state”.

With inputs from agencies 

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  1. Omkar Asthana
    Apr 17, 2017 at 10:48 am
    It was alleged that 4and a half Chiefministers were Ruling UP during most pf its tenure ,Poor Akhilesh yadav never got a free hand except Last six months of remaing 5 Year tenure when he tried to combat a family feud spearheaded by Sadhna Gupta and Shivpal Amarsingh combine aiming to oust Akhilesh Yadav as CM and gat back Senile ,mani tive much more compromising MSY , Rogues like atri and few others who were removed by Akhilesh was reinstated after MSY intervention ,Rough and Tough elements ,history sheeters and unlawful activities were encouraged by Shivpal , who can forget Mathura kand , Yadav Singh, UPSC chief their corrupt practices which are being exposed by Yogi Govt , PWD was under control of Shivpal and what ever happened responsibility must be fixed on him Akhilesh only fault is that he allowed these elements to flourish during 4&1/2 years of his CMship and he paid the price by loosing elections , MSY is a spent cartridge , Shivpal has no image AY is the future of Sp
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      AK
      Apr 17, 2017 at 2:53 am
      Politics needs to change with cir stances. There is no set formula. Every party is compromising on its ideology.
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        Dash
        Apr 17, 2017 at 12:09 am
        Even if all opposition parties unite,they cant defeat Modi. Why they want to unite-just to defeat Modi but not to do anything for the nation n people will reject these riff-raff politicians in 2019.
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          rajan
          Apr 16, 2017 at 9:21 pm
          MSY is sold out to BJP to protect his clan from CBI cases. He is projecting himself as an antagonist of BJP whereas he is the cause of SP defeat in UP elections. He doesn't want the Mahagathbandhan to be formed to save his skin. Modi& he are having behind the scene understanding.
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            Vikram
            Apr 16, 2017 at 11:12 pm
            You must be very close to Modi or Mulayam or both that they confided in you such information
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              AK
              Apr 17, 2017 at 2:54 am
              You have a point.
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              Pulimurugan
              Apr 16, 2017 at 8:55 pm
              Political dacoity is reversed in UP; for which people should not be insulted. UP and Bihar were under a disastrous family legacy, which is slowly coming down as people are becoming more alert. Akhilesh should mature to work in politics.
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